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Happy Birthday, Joe!

Some know him as a welcomed voice in the bedroom. Others know him simply as Joe. The singer, born Joseph Lewis Thomas, turns 42 years old today (July 5).

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Essence Music Festival 2015 Day Three: Usher, Erykah Badu, Missy Elliott & More [EXCLUSIVE]

The third day of the 2015 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans featured plenty of fireworks at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Saturday night (July 4).

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Five Best Songs from R. Kelly’s ‘TP.3 Reloaded’ Album

It's been 10 years since R. Kelly wooed us with his 2005 album, 'TP.3 Reloaded.' To celebrate the occasion, we picked the five best songs that made it a noteworthy collection.

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Essence Music Festival 2015 Day Two: Slick Rick, India.Aire, Charlie Wilson & More [EXCLUSIVE]

The Essence Music Festival in New Orleans is in full swing. On day two, Friday (July 3), artists such as Slick Rick, India Arie and Charlie Wilson performed great sets. Here's our top seven moments on the second day of Essence Fest.

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Bill Withers
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Happy Birthday, Bill Withers!

Bill Withers recorded his last song in 1985, but you’ll probably still be hearing his music 20 years from now. The soul legend turns 77 years old today (July 4).

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Melanie Fiona
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Happy Birthday, Melanie Fiona!

Canadian songstress Melanie Fiona celebrates her 32nd birthday today (July 4).

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Patti Labelle
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Five Best Songs from Patti LaBelle’s ‘Patti’ Album

In honor of the album's 30th anniversary, we listened to Patti LaBelle's Patti and picked the five best songs from the album that make the collection such a gem.

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Trey Songz
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Trey Songz Kicks Off Day One of 2015 Essence Musical Festival [EXCLUSIVE]

Trey Songz performed on the first night of the 2015 Essence Music Festival, which took place at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Thursday evening (July 2).

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10 Hip-Hop and R&B Videos Celebrating Independence

In honor of Independence Day, The Boombox has compiled 10 music videos where R&B and hip-hop artists have conveyed their idea of freedom.

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Tink Pays Her Respects to Aaliyah in “Million” Video

Rapper-singer Tink revamps Aaliyah's 1996 classic "One in a Million," and shows homage to the late singer in her "Million" video.

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